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Everything posted by Stanley70

  1. My point regarding the past draft failures is that Chaad and Plies still have their jobs after years of below average drafting. I haven't noticed a change in drafting philosophy since Al took over. Basically it's the same front office except Dombrowski is gone. It's the circumstances that have changed.
  2. You can add Chad Green to this list, he was traded for Justin Wilson. And Green has gone on to become a better, cheaper reliever. The farm production has been below average for a long, long time and we are paying for it now. Those people responsible for that are still in charge. Sure they punted a few high draft picks signing free agents, but they also blew high draft picks on relievers and missed on a string of first round picks they did have. They also have had below average success in signing latin american prospects, while the rest of our division is doing better in that regard. I also take issue with the inordinate amount of college players they draft early, I believe younger players have a higher range of outcomes and thus higher ceilings. And honestly they must just not be good at developing young players. Isn't the GM ultimately responsible for evaluating that group? Aside from a few high draft picks I am not seeing improvement there recently either.
  3. The fact that he was willing to go for it in 2017 when he could have began cutting payroll to start the season is a good sign. He also has signed off on eating dollars in the JV trade to bring in better prospects, and allocated money each year to bring in some free agents. He didn't have to do either of those things. What worries me more is that AA's job seems to be safe when we are starting year 4 and we still don't have any established first division regulars. A lot of things have to come up roses next year for the Tigers to be in a position compete in 2022. Meanwhile the ivy leaguers in Tampa Bay can cobble together a winning team on less than what we are spending now.
  4. They will certainly increase payroll when they get closer to fielding a contending team. It will most likely be south of what Mike was willing to spend, and north of where Pirates and Royals are. Exactly where between those extremes remains to be seen.
  5. Mize and Skubal, in a perfect world, would have been getting innings in the minors this year and then called up when ready. Perhaps they still would have struggled, but neither had the control that they have shown in the past. Like you said though not a cause for alarm yet. What is more concerning is the steps back that Boyd, Jimenez and Fulmer took. Coming into this season we were hoping they could take a step forward and establish themselves as either pieces of our future rotation or trade bait. Now each one needs to get it together or they will be back in the minors. It has been such a weird year it's hard to draw too many conclusions from it, but next year will tell us a lot about the timetable towards future contention.
  6. The problem with the Tigers of the DD era wasn't that had too many poor free agent signings. It was that they had to sign too many free agents. Because the farm systems wasn't producing. they had to fill holes with high priced and risky mid priced free agents. Couple that with all of the extensions they gave out and had some big hits and big misses.
  7. I was listening to a Cubs game and Kyle Ryan was on the post game show, he had pitched well in the that day. They asked him about what changed for him to become such a nice reliever. He said that he the Cubs showed him spin rates and pitch movement charts and he got a much better idea of how to attack hitters. It was something that he knew nothing about while with Detroit.
  8. While i was in the camp of just take your lumps, get another top draft pick and call them up next year, it was exciting to watch them pitch. Now that they are calling these guys up and along with Zimmerman and Fielder contracts off the books it will be interesting to see if they spend this off season. Because if the don't it really didn't make sense to call them up this year.
  9. I can't remember who it was but somebody said he didn't like to get too close to him because Thomas was so ugly it caused his uniform to wrinkle.
  10. Nathan was old, but he was coming off a great year. He just took a step back and got a bit unlucky as well.
  11. Avila has done a horrible job. The farm system is top heavy, with nice prospects thanks to top ten picks, but after 6 it falls off dramatically. Guys like Cameron, Faedo, Meadows, Perez, Rogers, etc are just not good prospects right now. Maybe one will break out, but not likely. For all of the prospects we received for Verlander, JD, Wilson/Avila, Kinsler, Upton and Greene deals, only Parades is looking like a decent bet right now, who really doesn't have a high ceiling. He hasn't hit on any latin amerericans recently. His top 5 prospects include 2 number 1 overall picks, a number 5 overall, a number 8, and Skubal who was a nice find. If there is some attrition in the top 6, and odds are there will be, this rebuild has a few more years left in it. Avila/Chad/Plies have to go.
  12. Zimmerman should have to earn his spot on the team just like anyone else. His contract shouldn't enter into the equation at all. The only reason you would keep him on the team is for him to pitch well and hope some other team would take on the contract and trade for him. And if he isn't one of the best 13 or whatever pitchers in camp that isn't happening, so it's over.
  13. I remember going to my first game in the late 80's and Harold Snepsts was the only Red Wing without a helmet. His mustache effectively protected him from any potential head injury.
  14. I have family members, college educated, that insist that "the media" has blown this entire covid 19 out of proportion to make Trump look bad and get democrats back in power. The media has been grossly exaggerating the infected and death numbers, and really this is very similar to a normal flu season aside from the affects on the elderly. And the correct course would be to isolate them and the rest of the economy go back to normal. I point out that far higher numbers of people from all age groups are passing away from this? And no it's the media trying to scare us, it's all normal. Don't believe the numbers "they" give you. They deny hospitals are at capacity in hot spots as well. You can show them video and and they still don't believe it. Some of these Trumpers are like a cult, you can give them absolute proof and they still deny it.
  15. When they start spending will be timed around when the young core that they are assembling are in the majors and producing, not before. So spending for 2022 is probably the best case. I would guess for 2023.
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